New Delhi: Taliban senior figures and supporters held their first mass rally on Sunday near Kabul. However, their show of power was obliterated by a bomb blast at the entrance of a mosque in the Afghanistan’s capital city.
Around five civilians died in the blast, Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti said.
Mohammad Israil, a resident of Kabul said, “I heard a lound sound. All the people were running away.”
Primary reports indicated that the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb. Three suspects related to the incident have been arrested, Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said. He further added the investigation was under way.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated on Saturday that a prayer ceremony will be held for his recently demised mother at the mosque. He made no reference to the prayer ceremony on Sunday as he took to his twitter mentioning that the blast had killed civilians in the nearby area.
Khosti said that civilians were seen in bloodied clothing arriving at the nearby Kabul Emergency Hospital.
Taliban fighters arriving at the hospital handed over their ammunition and weapons and removed their body armour to donate blood, and the hospital stated that four civilians were being treated.
The pro-Taliban mass rally in the hilly outskirts of Kabul was attended by 1,500 men and boys.